Nowitzki has officially re-signed with the Mavericks to a one-year, $5 million contract, Tim Cato of The Athletic reports. After having his player option for the upcoming campaign declined by the Mavericks back in June, the expectation was that the two sides would ultimately come to an agreement on a new contract once a handful of moves were completed elsewhere on the roster. That's now come to fruition and Nowitzki is set to cash in another $5 million during his 21st season. The 40-year-old's workload has been scaled back a bit over the last few years and is coming off a 2017-18 campaign where he averaged a career-low 24.7 minutes. It wouldn't be surprising if that ultimately took a slight dip again in an effort to keep the veteran as healthy as possible. Still, Nowitzki should continue to provide a reliable floor stretching big man after knocking down 1.8 three-pointers at a 40.9 percent clip from deep last year.
Nowitzki and the Mavs are working toward finalizing a one-year, $5 million contract, Shams Charania of Yahoo reports. While Charania notes that neither side is "in a rush" to hammer out the details of the contract, all indications are that Nowitzki will return to Dallas, as expected, for a 21st NBA season. Nowitzki started 77 games as a 39-year-old in 2017-18, averaging 12.0 points and 5.7 rebounds while hitting 40.9 percent of his three-point looks. He'll enter the 2018-19 season ranking first among active players in points, games played, minutes, field goal attempts, and defensive rebounds.
The Mavericks are expected to re-sign Nowitzki with the team's remaining $5 million of cap space, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports. Nowitzki had his team option declined at the end of June to provide the team some flexibility to sign their prized free agent, DeAndre Jordan. Now that they've locked up Jordan, the expectation is that an agreement will be reached to re-sign Nowitzki, with $5 million being the current estimated value. Those numbers could be altered slightly in either direction, but either way, Nowitzki will be back in Dallas for his 21st season. The 40-year-old German played a career-low 24.7 minutes last season, but was still effective with 12.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.8 three-pointers. Look for a similar role during the upcoming campaign, if not a few less minutes per game to save the veteran's legs a bit.
The Mavericks have declined Nowitzki's option, but are expected to re-sign him for the 2018-19 season, Drew Davison of the Star Telegram reports. The move is more of a paperwork decision for the Mavericks as they attempt to lure free agents to Dallas. Nowitzki will no doubt re-sign with the Mavs and enter a record 21st season with a single team. The veteran averaged 12 points across 77 games for the team last season. He is currently nursing an ankle injury that stems from the end of last season, but it is not expected to be an issue once the training camp commences.
Nowitzki (ankle) is out of his walking boot, Dwain Price of Mavs.com reports. According to Nowitzki, "I've been doing more and more every week, I'm getting the hydro work starting next week and maybe moving a little bit in there in the pool. I've been slowly stepping it up in the weight room lifting some legs, lifting some upper body. I'm starting to do a little cardio (and) I started to walk on the treadmill a little bit." Nowitzki continues to progress as expected and should be ready to continue full basketball activity before training camp begins. He'll be turning 40 in June and will be entering his 21st NBA season. During the 2017-18 campaign, he averaged 12.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 threes across 24.7 minutes per game.
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